Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls. Who would think they cause 15 percent of on-the-job deaths? Hear about prevention and OSHA’s proposed new walking-working surfaces rule. Host Dan Clark wonders why there is a fall protection requirement of four feet in General Industry, but six feet in Construction. more: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/preventing-slips-trips-and-falls/
18 Nov 2015
OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015
OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015 are a snapshot of safety in the United States. Employers should use this list as a guide to find hazards in their own workplace. OSHA and the National Safety Council released the OSHA Top 10 on Sept. 29 at the NSC Congress & Expo 2015 in Atlanta. More at: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/osha-top-10-violations-2015/
29 Sep 2015
OSHA Compliant Safety Labels - Pt. 1
Safety labels from an industrial label maker can help you pass an OSHA inspection, and keep employees safe. An inspection from OSHA could come at any time. Inspections often focus on signs and labeling. Follow along with this short radio-cast from Dan Clark as he relays the story of a facility safety manager who needed to come up with a plan to get the facility into shape. Dan covers various aspects of the job and duties of that hapless facility safety manager as he begins his journey of trying to find the perfect solution to creating safety labels with an almost non-existent visual workplace budget.
12 May 2014
Personal Fall Arrest Systems
Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) are life savers in construction and industry. Hear how to use and maintain them in this podcast. Personal fall arrest systems have three major parts, the anchorage device, body support, and connectors. Dan Clark provides detail on the parts, including the two types of connectors. Also hear how to inspect the systems, and if it?s okay to carry things in your pockets.
26 Nov 2014
Most Popular Podcasts
Fall Protection - Wood Frame Tie-Offs OK
Fall protection with personal fall arrest systems in residential construction is no longer a controversy. A new study says a PFAS anchored to wood is safe. Many construction companies have said that personal fall arrest systems aren’t feasible in residential work. New research proves them wrong. Safe tie-offs are possible with wood frame construction. A link to the full study is in the transcript: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/fall-protection-wood-frame-tie-offs-ok/
21 Aug 2015
Finally! Compare OSHA Standards State To State
OSHA standards vary state to state. For the first time, a database accurately compares state and federal OSHA laws and regulations. On a website. For free. In additional to federal OSHA standards, 25 states have their own OSHA laws and regulations. This complicates compliance. In this podcast, hear how two non-government entities compiled all U.S. and state health and safety laws. The information is easily compared by various categories and jurisdictions.The information free to the public. Links to the database are in the transcript of this podcast.
1 May 2015
Eye Protection At Work
Eye protection at work could eliminate 90% of eye injuries. Listen to hear how easy it is to protect your eyes on the job. Flying or falling objects account for the lion's share of eye injuries in the workplace. The sources are as varied as job descriptions' dust, chemical vapors, liquid chemicals, molten metals, and intense light are examples. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of four grades of eye protection: safety glasses, safety goggles, face shields, and welding helmets. Dan also offers common-sense tips on care of your eye protection.
24 Nov 2014
Indoor Air Quality Hazards
Indoor air quality hazards are a pain in the brain! In this podcast, learn how to avoid worker headaches by ensuring clean air in the workplace. Hear how employers and building owners need to be aware of dangerous gases and substances that could cause employee illness. And that HVAC systems are the biggest culprit. Workers have a responsibility too. Each individual is capable of causing indoor air pollution, and Dan offers advice on how to avoid doing so.
23 Nov 2014
Fatality Database Could Save Lives
A new fatality database can help workers avoid death dangers and help managers predict which jobs generate risk. Hear how most accidents are preventable. The National Council For Occupational Safety And Health created the database. It is compiled by volunteers dedicated to workplace safety. Dan Clark details the 2015 data. See links at https://www.thesafetybrief.com/fatality-database-could-save-lives/
28 Aug 2015
Why Your Lungs Hate Asbestos
Asbestos fibers can damage lungs years after exposure. Help spread the word about asbestos hazards on Mesothelioma Awareness Day September 26th. Even though it was mostly banned in the 70s, asbestos is still a danger in old buildings and products. Hear about dangers current and retired workers face with mesothelioma.
25 Sep 2015
Traffic Deaths Spike For 2 Big Reasons
Traffic deaths have jumped by 14% from the same period in 2014. Injuries are up even more. We dig into the National Safety Council’s data on the causes. During the first six months of 2015, road fatalities have really increased. Injuries skyrocketed by 30 percent in the same period. In this podcast, Dan Clark explains the research findings, and how workers need to be more vigilant during on-the-job driving.
18 Aug 2015
Scaffolding Safety, Slip and Fall Hazards
Scaffolding safety is often hard to achieve, due to the structure's temporary nature. Just like any other work at-height, it is dangerous. But, because it is a temporary structure, more can go wrong with scaffolding. Avoid slip and fall hazards by inspecting it regularly. OSHA requires all workers to be trained prior to occupying, building or moving a scaffold. Employees should also know if scaffolding might intersect with site hazards. Don't let scaffolding give you a false sense of security. Arrest systems and PPE are still needed. Even a short fall can be deadly.
22 May 2014
Ethnic Group Most Unsafe In Construction
Unsafe in construction. One group of young, immigrant workers wins the prize for most at-risk in construction. Hear about the study from NIOSH and ASSE. Hispanic immigrant construction workers under 25, who don’t speak English, and work for small companies, have the highest injury and death rate. In this podcast, Dan Clark explains why, based on the study “Overlapping Vulnerabilities: The Occupational Safety and Health of Young Immigrant Workers in Small Construction Firms.” The study was published this month by NIOSH, The National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health, and ASSE, The American Society Of Safety Engineers.
20 May 2015
Safety Signs You Need In The Workplace
Safety signs help companies be OSHA compliant based on ANSI Z535 safety sign and tag standards. Hear about four categories of workplace safety signs. More: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/safety-signs-you-need-in-the-workplace/
16 Feb 2016
Earthquake Kit Sales Skyrocket
Earthquake kit sales are up after an article in The New Yorker about an earthquake risk off the coast of Washington and Oregon. It’s motivated many to buy an earthquake kit. However, no matter the location, a company would be wise to be prepared for an earthquake or other emergency.In this podcast, Dan Clark features information on preparedness in the workplace from Melinda Davis, Preparedness and Partnerships Manager of The American Red Cross, Cascade Region. See links in the transcript for earthquake kit lists and more.
4 Aug 2015
Safety Data Sheets
Safety Data Sheets must be kept current. Every company with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals is required to keep an SDS on each chemical, says OSHA. OSHA's new Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to follow new guidelines modeled after GHS, the Globally Harmonized System. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of OSHA’s ongoing standard changeover, and the recent June 1st, 2015 deadline requirements. Safety Data Sheets must be easily accessible for all workers using hazardous chemicals.
2 Jun 2015
New Rule On Confined Spaces In Construction
OSHA issued a confined spaces in construction rule. It’s about time. After noodling with it for over 20 years, the new standard goes in effect Aug. 3, 2015. The confined spaces rule for general-industry, initiated in 1994, never fully protected construction workers. OSHA finally catches up. Hear about the five things contractors must determine about jobsite confined spaces. In this podcast, Dan Clark notes the difference between old and new requirements. Dan also describes the construction standard for permit-required confined spaces.
5 May 2015
First Aid Requirements for Workplaces
First aid kits in the workplace are mandated by OSHA. Hear about the minimum standard changes in 2015, and if a person trained in first aid is necessary. Links and more: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/first-aid-requirements-for-workplaces
21 Jan 2016
Whole-Body Vibration Hazards
Whole-body vibration is dangerous for an employee sitting, standing or reclining on a vibrating machine or vehicle. OHSA has no standard. It can affect vision, the bones, joints and the gut. More: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/whole-body-vibration-hazards/
3 Nov 2015
Temporary Wiring Is OK In Only 4 Situations
Temporary wiring (like an extension cord) gets the thumbs-up from OSHA in just four settings. In only a couple of minutes, Dan Clark lays out the details. Wow. Even more here: https://www.thesafetybrief.com/temporary-wiring-is-ok-in-only-4-situations/
14 Jan 2016